In her own inimitable, impetuous way, Rachel made an agreement with a demon in order to get him to testify against a particularly horrible enemy she bagged in book two. She has agreed to be his familiar, which, if he pulls her into the "ever after," a sort of alternate realm where demons live, will mean a very, very long life of fear, pain and slavery. Rachel is counting on evading this fate through a technicality - only she's not sure if it will work or not. The demon turns out to be more powerful - and trickier - than she imagines.
To add to her difficulties, her boyfriend Nick has been keeping a wary distance from her. She inadvertently made him her familiar in the last book, and when she pulls on ley lines for magic, it affects him in frightening ways (as in causing seizures). As Nick maintains an emotional and physical distance from Rachel, she finds herself more and more attracted to Ivy's living vamp friend Kisten. She and Kisten had shared an intimate moment in the last book - an incident which occurred - at least Rachel tries to convince herself - only because she believed she was about to die. But every time she is with him, Rachel revisits that moment, and Kisten is clearly attracted to her, as well. If only that demon didn't show up to complicate matters further...
I am enjoying this series and am definitely hooked on the characters at this point. Jenks, Ivy and Rachel have an interesting dynamic that shifts and changes with each book, as characters develop and come to know each other on a more personal level. The books are more complex and serious than the whimsical titles imply; the world is a dark place, and there are no easy choices for the characters. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
The Rachel Morgan (Hollows) series in order (so far):
- Dead Witch Walking
- The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
- Every Which Way but Dead
- A Fistful of Charms
- For a Few Demons More
- The Outlaw Demon Wails
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